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A close up of a young girl from the side with a bow in her hair with the colors of the Mexican flag. She is preparing to dance at a Cinco de Mayo celebration in Garden City, Kansas in May 2022.

Community Collections Grants Recipients: Fiestas: Latinx Celebrations in Western Kansas

Posted by: Michelle Stefano

The following is a guest post by American Folklife Center (AFC) Folklife Specialist Nancy Groce on AFC Community Collections Grant recipient Rocío del Aguila Carreno about her project, “Fiestas: Latinx Celebrations in Western Kansas.” This post is part of the Of the People blog series featuring the 2022 awardees of the American Folklife Center’s Community …

A selfie photo of Isaac Rodriguez with Ralph Garcia of Houston Tejano band Avizo and drummer Joe Martinez of Big Lu y Los Muchachos standing together around a table

Community Collections Grants Recipients: Cultural Legacies of Houston’s Chicano Music Scene

Posted by: Michelle Stefano

The following is a guest post by American Folklife Center (AFC) Folklife Specialist Guha Shankar, who interviews AFC Community Collections Grant recipient Florencio “Isaac” Rodriguez about his project, “Sonidos de Houston: Documenting the City’s Chicano Music Scene.” This post is part of the Of the People blog series featuring the 2022 awardees of the American …

A graphic with photos representing each of the 2023 Community Collections Grant recipients with Library of Congress logo and orange and white design

Meet the 2023 Community Collections Grant Recipients

Posted by: Michelle Stefano

The Library of Congress American Folklife Center is pleased to announce the 2023 recipient cohort of the Community Collections Grants program. Over this year, the awardees will work to complete a range of meaningful research and documentation focused on community cultural traditions in an array of places across the country and U.S. territories. Their documentary …

Community Collections Grants Recipients: “And We are Still Here:” Stories of Resilience and Sustainability from Houma Culture Bearers in Louisiana

Posted by: Michelle Stefano

The following is a guest post by American Folklife Center (AFC) Folklife Specialist Guha Shankar, who interviews AFC Community Collections Grant recipient Professor Tammy Greer (and team) about their project, And We are Still Here: Stories of Resilience and Sustainability from Houma Culture Bearers in Louisiana. This post is part of the Of the People blog …

Community Collections Grants promotional graphic featuring Mark Boots Lupenui

Community Collections Grants Recipients: “Heirloom Songs” from Kohala, Hawai’i: Documenting a Fragile Musical Legacy

Posted by: Michelle Stefano

The following is a guest post by American Folklife Center (AFC) Folklife Specialist Guha Shankar, who interviews AFC Community Collections Grant recipient Mark “Boots” Lupenui about his project, Unearthing the Lost Songs of Kohala. This post is part of the Of the People blog series featuring the 2022 awardees of the American Folklife Center’s Community Collections Grants program. …

Women with a video camera documenting a dance event.

Community Collection Grants Recipients: Community on the Line: The Culture of R&B Urban Line Dancing in the Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware Tri-State Area

Posted by: John Fenn

 This is a guest post comprised of notes, observations, and an email interview with Karen Abdul-Malik (Project Director) by AFC staff member, Stephen Winick, on her project, Community on the Line, as part of the Of the People blog series featuring the 2022 awardees of the American Folklife Center’s Community Collections Grants program. The project …

A photo of project team Members from left: Badar Hamdani (videographer), Phanat Xanamane (project director), Sami Haggood (assistant director), documenting the Louisiana Lao New Year Festival at Wat Thammarattanaram.

Community Collection Grants Recipients: Sabaidee Pi Mai: Documenting Lao New Year in Iberia Parish, Louisiana

Posted by: Michelle Stefano

 This is a guest post comprised of notes, observations, and an interview by Sami Haggood (Project Assistant Director) with Phanat Xanamane (Project Director) on their project, the Louisiana Lao New Year Archive, as part of the Of the People blog series featuring the 2022 awardees of the American Folklife Center’s Community Collections Grants program. The …

A bowl full of tea spices for making Coquito a Puerto Rican holiday drink

Community Collections Grants Recipients: Foodways in Chicago with Jorge Félix

Posted by: Michelle Stefano

This blog series features the 2022 recipients of the AFC’s Community Collections Grants program, highlighting their cultural documentation projects over the course of this first, grant-period year. The Community Collections Grants program is part of the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path initiative, which seeks to create new opportunities for more Americans to engage …